Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Sorry this is a little late -- got backed up with the season recaps -- but Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis won the Lott Trophy as college football's impact player of the year.
Laurinaitis, the 2008 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, had been nominated for several national awards, including the Bednarik Award, won by USC's Rey Maualuga. The Buckeyes senior won the 2006 Nagurski Trophy and the 2007 Butkus Award.
"This is so surprising to me, but such a tremendous honor," Laurinaitis said. "Knowing what this award stands for and knowing the reputation and character of Mr. [Ronnie] Lott makes it very special. Hearing Keith Jackson announce my name is something I will never forget. It's a credit to all my Ohio State teammates and an amazing honor. This is truly overwhelming."